Doni Hatz crafts inspirational glass eyes for Spawn of Dyscrasia
Consistent with Lords of Dyscrasia, its sequel Spawn of Dyscrasia (due out in 2014) has a lot of artisan themes. Several human characters are glass-workers; others will require a glass-eye to see the Otherworld (souls, memories, ghosts, etc.). A previous post details some hands-on research at a glass studio (link).
Another posts revealed the Cover (with illustration from Ken Kelly) that features the key character Helen, a sorceress with one special eye. For inspiration, I touched based with a local glass maker, Doni Hatz, who created some fantastic example eyes (more info. on her below). Thanks Doni for showing how glass eyes can be made! Two of her eyes are featured here under different lighting conditions:
- The top row is front-lit
- The bottom row have the same eyes, back-lit.
The red-eye is particularly creepy. The blue one was made from a striped cane of dichroic glass (multicolored, sparkles), which can see best from reflected lighting.
A red and blue eye, lit from front and behind (bottom)
Doni Hatz is an expert glass worker. For decades she has created industrial-scientific works in the day hours...and all sorts of fine art by night. "Marcie Davis interviews Doni Hatz, scientific glassblower who has risen to the top of a field that is generally dominated by male glassblowers. Doni shares her background preparation at the Salem Community College, her work at Proctor & Gamble, and her venture into creating works of art in glass. This article was originally published on page 34 of the Winter 2011 issue of The Flow."
Doni pointed me toward a great DVD made by that shows how glass eyes are made professionally (produced by Firelady Productions):
"Walter Hellbach is a third generation glass eye maker in Lauscha, Germany. Using specialized glass tubing and rods, he creates human eyes for prosthetic use. In this demo you'll get a "short and sweet" version of this complex and fascinating process. This is an excerpt from our newest DVD by the same name. (In "The Eyes Have It" DVD you can see the entire exciting process from beginning to end!) And while it takes years of training to make eyes for human use, you'll be able to apply the techniques you see here to your own work with great results. It all starts with white Kryolith tubing, which opacifies as it is worked. As you watch, Walter meticulously adds a variety of multicolored canes, and in just a few minutes an eye of startling realism comes into view."